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  • adj. Of a plant, having four leaves.


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  • Often, quatrefoils enclose stained glass, but the four-leaved plant motif can also appear as part of the stained glass itself.

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  • Stained glass of Sainte ChapelleThe preference in Gothic architecture for quatrefoils has produced a legacy of four-leaved ornaments that enriches architecture of the Late Middle Ages.

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  • At a signal from the princess the prince poured the water in the hole, and the moment it reached the brim the princess flung in the four-leaved plant.

    The Brown Fairy Book

  • But a girl was present who had just found a bit of four-leaved clover, and had thus become so wise that no deception could stand out against her, and she saw that the beam was nothing but a straw.

    Household Tales

  • It was rather as if he were thanking a stranger in a smoking-room for some trouble in passing the matches, than as if he were (as he was) practically thanking the Curator of Kew Gardens for coming with him into a field to find a four-leaved clover.

    The Complete Father Brown

  • Mother had gone back to her writing, and several sheets of pink paper with scalloped gilt edges and green four-leaved shamrocks in the corner were spoiled before the three had decided what to say.

    The Railway Children

  • Three of my friends who have been as inseparable as a four-leaved clover, all three decorated with the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross, lay down their lives for their country.

    Stuka Pilot

  • From the upper platform, with its four-leaved balustrade, rises the beautiful open-work spire, somewhat resembling that of St. Peter's at Caen, and flanked by four turrets.

    The Argosy Vol. 51, No. 3, March, 1891

  • "Oh! A sort of four-leaved clover, a reasonable employer," answered his genial informant.

    The Workingman's Paradise An Australian Labour Novel

  • _Marsilia_ (Fig.  71, _A_), looking like a four-leaved clover.

    Elements of Structural and Systematic Botany For High Schools and Elementary College Courses


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